“It’s vital that we all pull together to help the country.”March 19, 2020, 8:56 PM7 min read Two U.S. automakers could soon reopen their idled factories and call back workers to manufacture what America desperately needs now: lifesaving ventilator machines. As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases continues to increase exponentially around the globe, U.S. hospitals and elected officials are warning government officials that these machines are in short supply. Ventilators deliver air to one’s lungs through a tube inserted into a windpipe and are critical to helping patients who have developed pneumonia or another potentially deadly respiratory condition from COVID-19. The Society of Critical Care Medicine estimates that 960,000 coronavirus patients in the U.S. may need to be put on ventilators over the course of the outbreak, according to The Associated Press. But the nonprofit medical organization said the nation only has about 200,000 of these machines.What to know about Coronavirus: How it started and how to protect yourself: Coronavirus explained What to do if you have symptoms: Coronavirus symptomsTracking the spread in the US and Worldwide: Coronavirus map General Motors CEO Mary Barra spoke to Trump administration officials Wednesday about how the Detroit automaker could offer its


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